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Sunday, January 13, 2002

Musashimaru stunned on
opening day of New Year sumo

TOKYO (AP) - Yokozuna (grand champion) Musashimaru suffered an upset defeat to Wakanosato on Sunday, the opening day of the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

Fighting in the day's final bout at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, komusubi (junior champion second class) Wakanosato quickly established control, getting a right-hand grip of Musashimaru's belt.

Musashimaru, winner of November's Kyushu Tournament, attempted to knock his opponent off balance but Wakanosato held his ground and drove the Hawaiian grappler out to the delight of the capacity crowd.

Yokozuna Takanohana is sitting out of the tournament due to a knee injury.

Tochiazuma, making his debut as an ozeki (champion), needed little effort in posting his first win of the tournament when top-ranked maegashira (senior wrestler) Akinoshima stumbled to the dirt surface shortly after the face off.

Sekiwake (junior champion) Kotomitsuki absorbed a bone-crushing charge at the face off by Musoyama but then got his hand on the back of the burly ozeki and swatted him down to start the New Year meet with an impressive win.

In other main bouts, ozeki Kaio got a right-arm grip on the belt of Kyokutenho, or Mongolian Tsevegnyam Nyamjav, and knocked the komusubi off balance.

Ozeki Chiyotaikai took control of his bout with No. 1 maegashira Kyokushuzan, or Batbayer Davaa, and spun the Mongolian down in a matter of seconds to post an easy victory.

Sekiwake Asashoryu, or Mongolian Dolgorsvren Dagvadri, deployed a series of powerful arm thrusts to the throat to drive out No. 2 maegashira Tamanoshima.

Earlier, maegashira No. 15 Sentoryu, or American Henry Armstrong Miller, tripped up juryo division wrestler Kitazakura to kick off the New Year tourney on a winning note.

No. 5 juryo grappler Kuniazuma, or Brazilian Vander Ramos, shoved out fourth-ranked juryo Aogiyama for an opening day win.


TOKYO (AP) - Results of main bouts Sunday, the first day of the 15-day

New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo:


Sentoryu (1-0) Kitazakura (juryo) (0-1)

Tochisakae (1-0) Jumonji (0-1)

Hamanishiki (1-0) Oginishiki (0-1)

Wakanoyama (1-0) Asanowaka (0-1)

Tokitsuumi (1-0) Oikari (0-1)

Aminishiki (1-0) Tamarikido (0-1)

Tamakasuga (1-0) Kobo (0-1)

Buyuzan (1-0) Daizen (0-1)

Tosanoumi (1-0) Otsukasa (0-1)

Tochinonada (1-0) Kotonowaka (0-1)

Takanowaka (1-0) Dejima (0-1)

Takanonami (1-0) Chiyotenzan (0-1)

Kaiho (1-0) Toki (0-1)

Asashoryu (1-0) Tamanoshima (0-1)

Tochiazuma (1-0) Akinoshima (0-1)

Chiyotaikai (1-0) Kyokushuzan (0-1)

Kotomitsuki (1-0) Musoyama (0-1)

Kaio (1-0) Kyokutenho (0-1)

Wakanosato (1-0) Musashimaru (0-1)


Kuniazuma (1-0) Aogiyama (0-1)


Takatoriki (juryo) Jumonji

Sentoryu Hamanishiki

Wakanoyama Oginishiki

Tochisakae Asanowaka

Tamakasuga Tokitsuumi

Oikari Kobo

Buyuzan Tamarikido

Aminishiki Daizen

Takanowaka Otsukasa

Tosanoumi Kotonowaka

Tochinonada Dejima

Kyokushuzan Chiyotenzan

Takanonami Kyokutenho

Kotomitsuki Akinoshima

Kaio Wakanosato

Kaiho Tochiazuma

Chiyotaikai Asashoryu

Toki Musoyama

Musashimaru Tamanoshima

For more sumo information online, try:
Sumo Web
Da Kine Sumo E-zine
Grand Sumo Home Page
Kyodo News Service

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